Friday, July 15, 2011

Three opportunities to do nothing to save water and money

It can be this simple. Knowing when not to water your lawn is an easy way to reduce water usage at home.
During the warm summer months, outdoor watering can result in a 50 per cent increase in demand for water. Following a few simple tips at home could save you time and money, while reducing the strain on our rivers and water treatment plants.

A healthy yard only needs one inch of water per week, including rainfall. “As a general rule of thumb, every time you reduce your outdoor watering time by 15 minutes you can save about one dollar on your monthly water bill,“ says Amy Ross, Public Program Coordinator with The City, “Over the course of a month your water savings can really add up.”

Take the pledge to ‘Do Nothing’ to save water this summer. Join thousands of your fellow Calgarians who have already committed to not watering their lawn when:
  • It's raining, has recently rained or is forecast to rain
  • It's the hottest time of the day (between 11 am and 3 pm)
  • It's windy
Visit www.facebook.com/RethinkWaterCalgary and make the commitment. Those who complete the Do Nothing pledge before August 15, 2011 will also be entered to win a prize package. If you're going to be at the Calgary Stampede this year come down to Rooted in the City and relax in the “Do Nothing” zone. Pick up free waterwise gardening tips and tools. Plus, free temporary tattoos for the kids.

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